the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking.
something remaining behind from a former period or state of affairs.
any aftermath of or lingering effect from a distressing experience: the post-Watergate hangover in Washington.

Origin of hangover

1890–95, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase hang over

Synonyms for hangover

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Related Words for hangover

headache, aftereffect, drunkenness, withdrawal, DTs, willies

Examples from the Web for hangover

Contemporary Examples of hangover

Historical Examples of hangover

  • The Omans do altogether too good a job on them and there's no such thing as a hangover.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Hangover or no hangover, Malone told himself grimly, there was work to be done.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • When he had awakened, it had been with the euphoria all gone and with his present hangover.

    The Stars, My Brothers

    Edmond Hamilton

  • You've worked off the kwil and now you're in the hangover period.

    The Star Hyacinths

    James H. Schmitz

  • Naturally, hangover or no, Johnny had reported for work first.

British Dictionary definitions for hangover



the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time, characterized by headache and sometimes nausea and dizziness
a person or thing left over from or influenced by a past age
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Word Origin and History for hangover

also hang-over, 1894, "a survival, a thing left over from before," from hang (v.) + over. Meaning "after-effect of drinking too much" is first attested 1904, on notion of something left over from the night before.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper